A Mass Effect MMO? Sounds interesting, says Bioware

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Bioware has had a busy year so far, wrapping up production the latest Star Wars MMO, The Old Republic, while also putting the finshing touches on Mass Effect 3. And while everyone knows that this will not be the final game to come out of the Mass Effect universe, no one knows exactly what the future holds exactly for the popular franchise.

One such idea that has been floated around however, is for Mass Effect to dip it’s starships into the MMO genre, something that the developer has speculatively considered at least.

“The implication of a Mass Effect MMO has so many expectations” BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk told the PA Report.

We already bit off a big thing to chew with a Star Wars MMO, and that’s not so small. It’s daunting, but the neat thing is it would lend itself to a different type of game play. It’s fun to think about. It’s really interesting, I don’t know. It’s a tough one.

Fellow co-founder Ray Muzyka chimed in on this, explaining how the Mass Effect Universe was rich enough to easily support such an idea. “When you deliver a game, and you deliver it for a player, you have to capture what they think is the possibility space,” Muzkya said, using a term that was originally coined by Will Wright.

You need to let them do everything they think they should do, and you can’t block them from doing anything they think they should be able to do. You have to nail all the features and content that should be in that possibility space. Mass Effect is a big possibility space.

Mass Effect 3 launches next week on console and PC, and while it does indeed have some online co-op built into it, the idea of having a universe of players working together to stop rogue forces and Reaper threats does sound tantalising indeed.

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Plus, it’ll be real easy to find my online character. He’ll be the one that is constantly stalking the nomad fleet where Tali lives.

Last Updated: February 28, 2012

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